|Usui Reiki Level 1|
|Level 1 - Lesson 2|
ChakrasThe body has energy centers that are charted in science as nerve bundles. In spiritual terms they are called Chakras. “Chakra” means wheel. It is held as a belief that these chakras are round in shape and spin at speeds that are based on the level of density, meaning the chakras that govern the more physical aspects of one’s life will spin slower, much like how molecules move in dense mass material. The more spiritual governing chakras spin faster as astral, or spiritual aspects are less dense.
There are seven main chakras in the body that correspond to the seven energy centers or nerve bundles. Here we are going to look at each of these Chakras and the correspondences.
Root ChakraThe first chakra is known as the root chakra or base chakra. It is situated at the base of or tail end of the spine. It is represented by the red Maladhara mandala, the element of fire and it is also symbolized by a snake or a dragon. The first chakra is the foundation of the physical body; it stimulates vital forces throughout our body and assists in keeping us grounded to the earth. It influences our immune system, our energy, basic impulses, instincts, endurance and fight or flight reactions. This chakra deals with the body's survival including food, shelter and protection. Relationships in our early life influence the wellbeing of this chakra.
It helps to activate our energy and stimulates activity, exercise, action and vitality, if these early relationships were easy going and of good quality, later survival issues will be easy. If there was damage to this chakra caused in early life that has not been healed then there will be problems encountered in day to day life that prevent us from moving on through our development. The root chakra is relevant to achievements in the material world, permanence, strength of character, patience, endurance and safety.
When this chakra is balanced we feel healthy, alive, free, optimistic, happy, steady and full of vitality. If the root chakra has too much energy flowing through it, this could cause selfishness, greed, an over powering manner, irritation, aggression and sadism. If there is too little energy flowing through it, this possibly will cause anxiety, lack of confidence, and a lack of ability to complete things. There may also be a leaning towards feeling unloved and masochistic. If this chakra is not working properly it negatively influences the legs, bones, adrenal glands, colon, kidneys and spinal column.
• Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root)
• Location: Base of spine, at the seat of Kundalini
• Symbol: A circle surrounded by four lotus petals, with a square inside it.
• Central issue: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety
• Color: Red
• Essential oils: Patchouli, cedar wood, sandalwood
• Crystals and Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Onyx, Hematite, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Red Coral;
• Stars and Astrological signs: Planets Mars, Pluto, and Saturn; Signs of Aries, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn;
• Sound or mantra: "Lam"
• Sense: Smell
• Body: The physical body
• Orientation to self: Self-preservation
• Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust
• Rights: To be here, to have
• Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
• Identity: Physical identity
• Level of relationship: Tribal
• Vice: Fear
• Element: Earth
• Hormonal glands: Sexual and adrenal
• Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, physical body support
• Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, Fear of change, addiction to security
• Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, financial difficulty Chronic disorganization
• Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, ability to relax
• Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet , base of spine(chronic lower back pain, sciatica); eating disorders; depression; immune-related disorders; skin problems; lack of energy;
• Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping, work
• Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, inherited traumas (eg. war, poverty, etc.)
• Spiritual challenge: How well we manage our physical world;
• HEALING STRATEGY: Physical activity, lots of touch, massage, reconnect with the body, grounding, Hatha yoga, look at earliest childhood relationship to mother, reclaim your right to be here;
Sacral ChakraThe second chakra is known as the sacral chakra. It is situated in the lower abdomen behind and approximately two inches from the belly button. The chakra is represented by the orange Svadhistthana mandala, the element of water. It is the source of creativity and inspiration. The sacral chakra is the foundation of the emotional body, it influences our ability to feel emotions, sensations and atmospheres, and controls our ability to let go of our emotions.
It influences our sexuality and sensuality, physical force, sexual and ardent love, openmindedness, our ability to yield and cooperating amicably with other people. This chakra physically influences the lower abdomen, spleen, liver, bladder, kidneys, sexual organs, reproduction and fertility. When the sacral plexus chakra is performing correctly, the person will feel healthy, open, friendly, imaginative and creative which helps us to focus on our objectives. The person will have concerns for others as it promotes tolerance and patience which in turn helps us to relate with others in a positive manner. When this chakra is balanced it encourages intuition, a good frame of mind, energy and success. If this chakra is not working properly it cause negative influences in the physical, this is seen in the form of emotional problems or sexual guilt, and excesses in food, sex and drugs. If this chakra is not working properly it creates negative influences in the physical this is seen in the form of bladder infections, impotence or frigidity and problems with the reproductive organs and fertility. If this chakra has too much energy moving through it, we may become self-centered and too ambitious, jealous, distrusting and cold. If too little energy is flowing then we may become shy, hyper-sensitive, untrusting, confused, uncertain, with a growing feeling of aimlessness to our life.
• Sanskrit name: Svadhistthana (sweetness)
• Location: Lower abdomen
• Symbol: A circle surrounded by five or six lotus petals.
• Central issue: Sexuality, emotions, financial, creativity,
• codes of honor and ethics
• Color: Orange
• Essential Oils: Rosemary, juniper, sandalwood, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang
• Crystals and Stones: Amber, Citrine, Topaz, Moonstone, Fire Agate, Orange Spinel, Fire Opal;
• Stars and Astrological Signs: Moon, Planets Venus and Pluto, and the signs of Libra, Cancer, and Scorpio;
• Sound or mantra: Vam
• Sense: Touch and taste
• Body: Ethereal body
• Orientation to self: Self-gratification
• Goals: Pleasure, healthy sexuality, feeling
• Rights: To feel, to want
• Developmental stage: 6 to 24 months
• Identity: Emotional identity
• Level of relationship: One-on-one
• Vice: Guilt
• Element: Water
• Hormonal gland: Pancreas
• Organs: Sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, the kidneys, appendix, bladder, prostate, hip area, the lymphatic system, all the body fluids;
• Excessive: Sexual, pleasure addiction; excessively sensitive and strong emotions; invasion of others, seductive manipulation; obsessive attachment; emotional dependency.
• Deficient: Poor social skills; frigidity, fear of sex, lack of desire, passion, excitement, denial of pleasure; fear of change; rigidity in attitudes
• Balanced: Graceful movements; emotional intelligence; ability to experience pleasure; nurture of self and others; ability to change; healthy boundaries
• Physical Dysfunctions: Sexual dysfunctions; ob/gyn. problems; Dysfunctions of reproductive organs, spleen, urinary system; loss of appetite for food, sex, life; chronic lower back pain, sciatica;
• Addictions: Alcohol, sex, heroin
• Traumas and Abuses: Sexual, emotional abuse, neglect, rejection, emotional manipulation, physical abuse, alcoholic families, denial of child's feelings, inherited (untreated incest, sexual issues)
• Spiritual challenges: Negative one-to-one control patterns need to be confronted
• HEALING STRATEGY: Movement therapy, emotional release, inner child work, boundary work, assign healthy pleasures, develop sensate intelligence